Oyo 2019: The Strong Aspirants In Oyo State Governorship Race
Today, as the battle brews hard in the Oyo governorship race, NIGERIA NEWS has taken it upon herself to anoint the general public with the names of some strong aspirants strongly weaving their tentacles towards the Agodi Government House in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Remember that in a previous post by NIGERIA NEWS, names of some solid aspirants for the apex of office of Ekiti state were categorically adduced, and this post for today would be doing seemingly the same thing with the names of the Oyo governorship aspirants.
We would recall from the stories going on around the political scene of Oyo state that the Governor- Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, is in a war trying to cede control of the Oyo APC with the minister for communications- Adebayo Shittu being the major thorn in his shoe.
Nonetheless, this war by the governor has not in any way hinder the other aspirants, as they seem to unnervingly gather momentum by all odds in anticipation for the Oyo governorship race.
Below are the names of Strong Aspirants In Oyo Governorship Race;
Moses Adeyemo is the incumbent deputy governor of Oyo State and has served with his boss, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, since 2011.
He hails from Orelope Local Government area of Oke Ogun, which has never produced a governor since the creation of the state about 42 years ago.
A retired banker, Adeyemo was chosen as the deputy to Ajimobi on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later transformed to APC and they have enjoyed a good working relationship.
The deputy governor made his intention to succeed his boss a few months ago and believes he is poised to compensate the Oke Ogun people because of their support for him during the 2015 election that made him emerge as the first deputy governor to win the second term in the state.
He is among some other aspirants jostling for the same position from the region.
The Minister of Communications hails from Saki in the Oke Ogun area of the state. He was a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state and had contested the gubernatorial election in the state on the platform of the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC).
Adebayo Shittu is currently at loggerheads with the governor over his governorship ambition and both have been locked in a war of words of late.
Shittu believes that Ajimobi is not favorably disposed towards his ambition, thereby alleging high-handedness and the governor’s failure to allow for a level-playing ground in the process that will determine the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
As the chairman, Board of Trustees of the Buhari/Osinbajo Dynamic Group rooting for the second term of the President, Shittu recently inaugurated the South-West zonal campaign office of the group in Ibadan during which some bigwigs in the party converged to drum their support for the re-election of the President, but Ajimobi stayed away.
Adebayo Alao Akala
Alao-Akala, who is Ajimobi’s predecessor, was a former chairman of the Ogbomoso North Local Government Area, where he hails from.
He later who was deputy governor to Senator Rashidi Ladoja between 2003 and 2007, before becoming governor after his principal’s historical impeachment, which was overturned by the Supreme Court after 11 months.
Alao-Akala was elected governor of the state in 2007 and was in the saddle till 2011 when Ajimobi defeated him. He re-contested in 2015 on the platform of Labour Party (LP) but failed.
The former governor, who later defected to the APC was earlier rumored to be eyeing the Senate to represent Oyo North senatorial district, but his governorship campaign posters have flooded the state, especially Ogbomoso, where he hails from, announcing his intention to return to the Agodi Government House in 2019.
The Ibadan-born Electronics Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos has been in the political arena of Oyo State since 2007 when he vied for the senatorial slot of Oyo South under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He later upped his ambition to contest the gubernatorial seat on the same platform in 2015, but the adoption of former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, as the preferred candidate among about 13 aspirants forced Makinde to defect to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to contest the poll.
While Folarin failed and PDP lost the return bid, Makinde also lost, thereby, paving the way for the unprecedented second term of Ajimobi.
He is currently in the same political boat with Senator Ladoja and is believed to have been anointed to contest since Ladoja has dropped the ambition.
The “Omi Titun” Group promoter is rumored to be in alliance with Ladoja to contest the 2019 election on the platform of the PDP.
Ladoja has formally dropped his ambition to re-contest in 2019 and it is widely believed that Makinde is the aspirant that the former National Leader of Accord Party is rooting for to succeed Ajimobi of the APC.
Abiodun Akintunde, who was born on March 6, 1962, at Onikanko Compound, Pakoyi, Oyo West Local Government Area on Oyo town, is a former commissioner in the Oyo State Civil Service Commission between 1999 and 2003.
He was later appointed as Commissioner for Works and Transport in the first term of Governor Ajimobi, and later an Executive Assistant to the Governor between April 2014 and May 2015.
Abiodun Akintunde is a product of The Polytechnic Ibadan as well as Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo Campus, Lagos where he obtained OND in Physics with Electronics and a BSc in Physics and MSc in Energy Studies as well as a Master of Public Administration.
He has just bagged a Ph.D. in Energy Studies at the University of Ibadan, and he is the first with Ph. D in the course to be produced by the premier university.
A staunch member of the APC, Akintunde was chairman, APC State Registration Committee for Osun State in January 2014; chairman, APC State Congress Committee for Kwara State in April 2014; member, APC House of Representatives (serving members) aspirants’ screening committee in 2014 and member, Executive Advisory Committee (EAC) for re-election of Ajimobi between 2014 and 2015.
Akande was born at Idi-Arere, Ibadan, but hails from Otu, the headquarters of Itesiwaju Local Government Area, in Oke Ogun, Oyo State. He is a holder of BSc, MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science, all from the University of Ibadan.
He had worked briefly as a reporter/feature writer and member of the Editorial Board of the Nigerian Tribune between 1991 and 1993 before he was elevated to deputy editor, Sunday Tribune between July 1995 and February 1997.
He left the journalism profession when he was appointed Special Assistant (Research and Communication strategies) to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo between May and December 2003 and subsequently, Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, between June 2011 and September 2013.
The journalist turned politician is from the Oyo North Senatorial district of Oyo State. He was recently appointed a professor of Political Science by the Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo State.
Abdulfatai Buhari, who hails from Ogbomoso was a former member of the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007 on the platform of PDP.
He was appointed Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources during the first term of Governor Ajimobi before winning election into the Senate for Oyo North senatorial district.
Currently, a member of the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, Buhari is not seeking a return to the legislative chamber, but nursing the ambition of becoming governor of the Pace Setter State.
June 12: Tinubu, other opportunists begged for appointment from Abacha – Bode George
Bode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended Kola Abiola, the son of the late MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the Jun 12 1993 election, who alleged that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other “June 12 opportunists.” approached former military dictator, Sani Abacha to beg for appointment after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.
Speaking with Punch in reaction to Kola’s allegations, George, a former military administrator, hailed Kola for stating the facts even as he lamented that many opportunists were seeking to twist history.
Kola said after Tinubu had lost out that he decided to join hands with the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) to fight for the actualisation of the June 12 mandate.
“It is true that Tinubu went to beg for a commissioner position. He was in the Villa and Gen. Oladipo Diya is a witness. He (Tinubu) said he wanted to be a deputy to a military administrator and when all that didn’t work, he went into his activism.”
The PDP chieftain, who lauded Kola for deciding to make a documentary of the June 12 saga said he must not be victimised for saying the truth since, as the first son of MKO, and an insider.
“Most of what Kola said is true. He spoke from the heart and he was trying to set the records straight in the face of the many narratives. He had been looking for who would help to recognise the June 12 saga so that his father wouldn’t have died in vain.
“In the course of this, he had bottled up so much. He went through a lot, having lost his mother and family businesses during the struggle. So, he was setting the records straight so that people would not rewrite history,” he said.
Speaking on the lesson learnt from the June 12 saga, George said the lessons must go beyond declaring a holiday or immortalising MKO.
“Now, June 12 has been adopted as a national holiday but have we learnt any serious lesson from it? Have we done anything to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated?
“Yes, people are pontificating and trying to use it as a political tool but believe we have not learnt anything,” George said.
I don’t do other people’s wives, Fani-Kayode lambastes Bagudu’s wife
Former Aviation, Femi Fami-Kayode has lambasted wife of Kebbi state governor, Zainab Bagudu for saying all he ever wanted was attention.
This is in reaction to question asked by Fani-Kayode on the sack of acting Chief Justice of Kebbi, Asabe Karatu by the governor after reporting the state government to the National Judicial Commission (NJC) alleging that the Kebbi state National Assembly refused to confirm her appointment because she is a Christian.
The Kebbi first lady had responded to Fani-Kayode telling Twitter users not to mind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as all he wanted was attention.
“Pls don’t bother answering Femi. That’s what he wants. Attention,” she tweeted.
Pls don’t bother answering Femi. That’s what he wants. Attention.
— Zainab S-Bagudu (@DrZSB) June 15, 2019
“Stop dreaming and fantasising Zainab.I don’t want ur attention,I couldn’t give a damn about u and I don’t DO other people’s wives so stop getting all worked up and getting ur knickers in a twist!All I want is for Atiku to explain why he refused to confirm the Acting CJ. Tell him! Bagudu,” Fani-Kayode fired back.
Stop dreaming and fantasising Zainab.I don’t want ur attention,I couldn’t give a damn about u and I don’t DO other people’s wives so stop getting all worked up and getting ur knickers in a twist!All I want is for Atiku to explain why he refused to confirm the Acting CJ.Tell him! https://t.co/COUNuUm6h8
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 16, 2019
Recall that governor had defended his action during the swearing in of a new acting Chief Justice of the state, Justice Mohammed Sulaiman, saying Karatu couldn’t be confirmed as the state substantive CJ because of some error on her birth certificate.
He added that he even pleaded with the members twice, which was rejected and the NJC was notified on the action taken.
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